Day 19: Dali Old Town

After finishing up phase three, the Microcampus Fearless group had an offer to go to Dali Old Town for the first time since the beginning of the trip. We left at 5 and made it to the area in 15 minutes. On the way, we went over all the safely rules and tips in a place where tourists and pickpocketers mill around freely. These included rules such as don't give out contact information, and bargan as hard as you can. After grouping for a little while, we split off in groups of three and four. First stop: Sweet Tooth- Mr. Tafel's favourite pastry shop. Ugly brownies, choco-mint cream pie, and 'Dali's best chocolate chip cookie' were quickly sold out, leaving Mr. Tafel with none. For dinner Shirley, Taylor and I ate xiaolongbao at a small, local shop, and set off to look around. Form the very beginning, I had my eyes set on eating 冰糖葫芦, or sugar-coated hawthorn, and Shirley had her mind steeled towards getting her name written on rice. WIth much arguing and hat buying (I went to go buy a gift for my brother), we finally decided that first food and then rice. With everyone's wishes fufilled, we ended the long but exciting day with a group pose and photo.


What a relaxing night out!

What a relaxing night out! As I remember 冰糖葫芦 was your first street food you asked for at your first trip in China back to 2002 when you're one and half year old. Nice picture!

Hey, my name is Katherine. I was born in Michigan, USA, moved to Shanghai for around two years, and currently reside back in Michigan. I'm 13 years old, and I no longer attend SAS Pudong. My friends and I enjoy drawing, and just joking around. Hobbies and interest of mine include drawing and preparing for my future (haha). A goal of mine was to stabilize my drawing style based on learning and reflecting in Yunnan. Xizhou was such a beautiful place and rich with culture and colors. The people who lived there were genuinely interested to meet us, and often happily asked us for lunch or dinner with them. It's one thing to visit a place as a tourist, but it's completely different when you live in the area for a month and try to reach out towards everyone in the local community. The time I've spent in Xizhou not only helped me to think and know outside of the Shanghai bubble, but also exposed me to the wonders of nature. The three day hike was spent close to nature, and every night was a spectacular night show of stars never seen in Shanghai. The 28 days have ended much too quickly, and the experiences have changed the way I know and perceive life.